Friday, September 2, 2016

Embassy of Australia: Director, Public Diplomacy

Director, Public Diplomacy,

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Job Summary

Embassy of Australia
Washington, DC 20036
Government and Public Sector
Job Type
Full Time
Career Level
Executive (Director, Department Head, etc)

Director, Public Diplomacy

About the Job

Vacancy Notice
Director, Public Diplomacy Branch

Position Details

Location: Embassy of Australia, Washington DC

Level: LE8

Position Number: 10164

Status: Full-Time

Agency/Branch/Work Unit: DFAT/Public Diplomacy

Salary: $131,625 USD per annum

Security Assessment: Required*
*This position is a designated security assessed position. Applicants must be Australian citizens, or dual nationals of Australia and another country including the USA, to be eligible for engagement. Employment in the advertised position is dependent on the employee having or acquiring a valid DFAT recognised security clearance. Security clearances can take several months to process, and employment cannot be commenced until an appropriate clearance is confirmed. There is no guarantee that the successful candidate for the position will be successful in obtaining a clearance. The inability to obtain a clearance prevents that applicant from being employed and loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment.

Contact Information

Recruitment Officer: Information about Locally-Engaged positions and Embassy recruitment procedures can be located on our website: .

Email additional questions to:

Closing Date
The closing date for receipt of applications for this position is Close of Business on 16 September 2016

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. If you have not been requested to attend an interview within four weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

How to Apply
For details on how to apply, please see our

Please note taxation is a personal responsibility for all Locally Engaged Staff and individuals should confirm their taxation obligations before considering an offer of employment with the Embassy.

About the Department of   Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.

About the Position
The Public Diplomacy Branch (PDB) augments the Embassy’s hard diplomacy objectives by building, informing and influencing US audiences through active public advocacy, networking, and traditional and social media engagement. As Head of the PDB, this position supports the Ambassador in driving the Embassy’s efforts to project Australia as a world-leading, dynamic destination for business and tourism, and a sophisticated and reliable ally across the spectrum of bilateral activities.

Duty Statement
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

·         Lead and manage the PDB in implementing the Embassy’s public diplomacy strategy, consistent with the Washington Business Plan

·         Develop and implement the Embassy’s public diplomacy strategy, including a program of activities and high-quality events that showcases the best of Australia to US audiences, working closely with Embassy staff, Australian consulates and influential US contacts with long-standing ties to Australia

·         Develop and implement traditional media and social media strategies that inform US audiences and shape thinking in support of Australia’s strategic interests, building on our shared language, culture, diversity and commerce

·         Formulate and implement an innovative arts and cultural program (incorporating visual arts, film, exhibitions and performing arts) which strengthens US goodwill toward Australia and attracts the attention of senior policy makers and business people

·         Leverage the influence of external organisations (such as American Australian Council, Australian American Leadership Dialogue, and the American Australian Association) to strengthen bilateral ties, including negotiating and procuring sponsorship of cultural activities that showcase Australian artistic excellence

·         Oversee the development and maintenance of a database of Australians and Australian interests across the United States, working closely with Australian consulates and ensuring coherence with the Embassy’s contacts and events database

·         Provide ongoing strategic advice to the Ambassador and Deputy Head of Mission on how best to target the Embassy’s public diplomacy effort in a dynamic policy environment

·         Represent the Embassy at external events and use such opportunities to promote Australia as a key US ally and strategic partner

Selection Criteria
Candidates must address all selection criteria for applications to be considered.

·         Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing media strategies in support of corporate objectives
·         Familiarity with the full range of social media tools and experience in using them to communicate persuasively
·         Highly-developed interpersonal and presentation skills, with capacity to manage relationships through engagement with external stakeholders at senior levels
·         Experience in fundraising and developing networks and partnerships across business, the not-for-profit sector, government, philanthropists and other funding sources
·         Experience in managing a team to achieve corporate objectives

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